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Name: Kellie Edwards
Title & Company: Executive Assistant II, CHG Healthcare
Location: Midvale, UT
# Years as an Office Ninja: 15
Recommends: Pushing the envelope and crushing boundaries
Fun Fact: Kellie is a twin!

We don’t use the term “visionary” lightly, so you better believe it when we say that Kellie Edwards is a visionary among Office Ninjas! Kellie has not only changed, expanded, and elevated the role of Office Ninja for herself, but she’s also done the same for the other 25 executive assistants at her company.

Not long after being hired by CHG Healthcare, Kellie co-founded an annual summit for all of the organization’s EAs (many of whom had never met face-to-face) so that they could share information, learn new skills, and feel connected and supported.

Kellie leads by example. She is the epitome of a great friend, mentor, leader, co-worker. She sends out best practices and shares them daily; she’s always looking out for where she can help and lend a hand, and she shares her expertise like teaching a monthly class on knowledge-based skills pertinent to our role here—empathic listening, paradigm exercises, reactive language vs. proactive, just to name a few.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

Kellie also played an instrumental role in founding CHG Healthcare’s Employee Engagement Group specifically for Administrative Professionals, an idea that was brought to her by one of the group of individuals she mentors.

Kellie has also served as a powerful mentor and friend to other administrative professionals … she founded an Employee Engagement Group with another admin on my own team to gather support and best practices groups across the company, in multiple states and with people across the spectrum of administrative positions. Kellie simply rises above and beyond the expectations of her own role and uplifts all of those lucky enough to be around her. She is the ultimate Office Ninja!

And, in addition to being a leader and innovator, she somehow finds the time to be a kick-ass EA! Her co-workers marvel at her organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to roll with the punches.

Kellie is the David Copperfield of administrative leaders as she dazzles and wows us all with her efficiency and multitasking wizardry. She’s always smiling as she juggles everything into its rightful place.

How does she successfully juggle so many responsibilities and STILL have the energy to seek out new projects? Let’s find out! Enjoy this Q&A with Kellie Edwards, OfficeNinjas All-Star!

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: What’s your favorite part of being an Office Ninja?
KE: Supporting a team that I value that values me right back. I also love being organized! If you present me with a mess—electronic, physical, figurative, what-have-you—and you ask me to help, I will sort and organize until it’s something that makes sense. I find that entire process to be thrilling and productive.

ON: What tricks do you have for when you’re stressed or upset at work?
KE: I’m a planner, so I do my best to apply risk management wherever applicable. I like to map out “if x goes wrong, do this; if y goes wrong, do this.” By having alternatives brainstormed, I feel better prepared and can easily adapt to change.

To be honest, I don’t believe anyone at work is able to tell if I am stressed or upset. I try very hard to keep an even keel while at the office. This is not to say that I don’t show emotions. But stress and anger are not ones I choose to display openly. Partly because I work hard at earning the trust of my executives, leaders, and peers. They know I can handle any level of confidential information and any level of task difficulty. By remaining cool in chaotic situations, I’ve proven to them I can be depended on when the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: What’s the one thing that’s always on your desk?
KE: Can I cheat here? I’m going to. I always have three items on my desk:

1. The first, most critical item is my journal writing pad and colored pens. I take a pad and pen with me to meetings, sit-downs, everywhere. I find that I retain information best by writing it down. Something about the process of writing with bright colors etches the information onto my memory better than typing on my laptop does. (Don’t get me wrong, my laptop goes everywhere with me too).

2. The second item is a canister filled with blank cards—thank you cards, birthday cards, etc. My co-workers can stop by anytime they need to give someone else a note of acknowledgement. I hand them out regularly as well. There’s something special about making others smile, and who doesn’t love the feeling of receiving a personalized note of thanks or congratulations?

3. The third item is a printout of my personality assessment results for Myers-Briggs (I’m an INTJ), Culture Works’ “What Motivates Me” (my motivators are Service, Learning, and Problem-Solving), and Strengthsfinder 2.0 (my strengths are Learner, Individualization, Relator). The team I support has taken all three of these assessments, and we share them at our desks so that others can see who we are and how we work. I use them as a reminder to help me focus on the big picture and my goals.

ON: Where does your drive come from? What keeps you motivated?
KE: My drive comes from my innate desire to problem solve, continuously improve, make people happy, and be efficient. I don’t believe in boundaries, and I encourage others not to as well.

Any boundaries that do exist are likely because of phrases such as “that is how it’s always been done.” As soon as I sense this, I can’t help but ask questions like “Is that right?” “Does it bring value?” and “What are we not thinking of?” Approaching life and work through new eyes either validates the current state or brings to light opportunities. To me, nothing is impossible.

My motivation comes from this little voice that is always encouraging me to do better and be happy. The voice itself is my own, but it comes from wanting to make my family and my executive proud. I grew up with my father telling me that I could be anything, do anything. My twin sister and I have always been each other’s biggest fans, and we support each other’s dreams and goals. My husband pushes me to try new things and encourages me to love who I am. My children are my world, so I’ve made a promise to myself that if I am going to be away from them (i.e., at work), then I better be doing something that makes me happy.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: How do your co-workers help you succeed?
KE: My executive, Leslie Snavely, Sr. VP of Marketing at CHG Healthcare, is my #1 cheerleader, and I am hers. If we weren’t in this together, then I wouldn’t remain in this field of work. She took it upon herself to learn my strengths and weaknesses, and she works with me regularly on these. She knows I am motivated by process improvements and learning, and she includes me in opportunities that allow me to exercise both.

The senior leadership team in the marketing department includes me as a team member. For example, we meet monthly for three hours. At this session, I provide administrative support (taking notes, tracking action items, scheduling follow-up meetings), but I also contribute my opinions and feedback during discussions. At the department’s monthly People Leadership Development and Training meetings, I participate as a member (I don’t even take notes!).

My peers, the fellow executive assistants at CHG, and those from my previous employers indulge in my networking efforts of surveys, trivia games, lunches, and other activities.

I guess what I am trying to say is I am supported by my team because they let me be me; they treat me as a valuable asset, and they allow me to grow and develop along with them.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: What is your greatest professional achievement?
KE: You’re joking, right? It’s this award! I’ve never had public recognition, so to find out that multiple people nominated me for this means the world to me.

ON: How do you see the admin profession evolving? What do you do to stay ahead of the curve?
KE: Those in this field are living in an exciting time right now. Companies are not only open to the expanding roles of administrative professionals, but they also acknowledge the many benefits that come with it.

Admin professionals wear many hats. We are a glue that holds work and teams together. If given the opportunity, we take the ordinary and produce extraordinary (ON HQ may have to steal this line!). We aren’t just scheduling meetings and owning calendars. We are an extension of the executive we support, the team we support, or the team we lead. We are strategy thinkers, project owners, budget trackers, task completers, and we keep you accountable.

I stay ahead of the curve by thinking big. I am committed to proving to the corporate world that an administrative professional’s office (“APO”—yes, I have named my vision) is not only a successful approach to aligning functions, but it gives a company two teams in one—we support each other, and we support the company’s departments.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: What are you most proud of outside of work?
KE: My family, hands down. I’ve been with my husband for almost 15 years, and we are raising our amazing daughter and son together. The three of them are my moon and stars, and I love them more than anything.

ON: How do you balance work and personal life?
KE: This particular concept is very important to me. I am always striving to balance this effectively by allocating my time as efficiently as possible to each category. I am fortunate enough to work for a company that encourages work-life balance and provides me the outlets to do so. If my daughter has a school activity or my son has a doctor appointment in the middle of a work day, there is full support if I leave work early to be there for them. We have an on-site cafeteria and gym, which allows me to quickly grab a meal if I want to work through lunch or get a quick workout in without having to commute elsewhere.

When I am at work, I am organized, keep a full schedule, and adapt as new items arise. When I am at home, I am laid back and mostly focused on art projects with the kids, walks with our dog, and quality cuddle time on the couch with my husband. Working full time, then coming home and being mom until the kids go to sleep leaves little time to focus on myself. I normally don’t mind, because I love what I do in both roles. Every now and then my husband will remind me to go do something just for me. He’s a smart man.

ON: What are the top three traits of an OfficeNinjas All-Star?
KE: Being highly organized and detail-oriented, being able to think outside the box and approach things from new perspectives, and sincerely caring about your team and the work you provide.

ON: What’s one thing you’ve done that’s been the most impactful in advancing your career?
KE: At a previous employer, I prepared and submitted a proposal to my leader, the CEO, who promoted me to manager and created the company’s first administrative team. The workload had increased enough that it was too much for one person. I took the time to assess the work, the timing of each task the company needed from an administrative role, the quality of work and expertise required, and the future needs to support strategic items. Then, I provided suggestions for what this team would look like and how the work should be executed.

The analytics alone could have been the reason my leader said yes, but I believe it was because of my drive in owning my career growth and the reputation I earned through my hard work. I am not going to lie, I was nervous to take such a bold approach and afraid of possible rejection. But I didn’t let that stop me. I knew it was right for the company and for me.

ON: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
KE: The first executive I ever teamed up with would tell me, “If you are not uncomfortable, you are not learning.” It means that going after change and opportunity, or going outside of your comfort zone, can be scary, but if you pursue it anyway, then you’ll come out knowing more.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: Office Ninjas often have tips and tricks of the trade. Any you care to share?
KE: Oh boy! OK, here are my top seven. (I wanted to stop at five, but I can’t!)

1. Never stop learning.
2. Push the envelope. Just because “that’s how it’s always been done” doesn’t mean it’s right, and just because “we’ve never done that before” doesn’t mean it’s not going to work.
3. Approach every experience as an opportunity to learn. A more tactical approach to this is always take notes. Write it down, then look at it a week, a month, a year later.
4. Be proactive and think ahead. You create value to your employer and team if you consistently identify gaps and help fill those voids with actual solutions.
5. Network! Get to know the people in your field of work. Join some organizations related to your industry, and start connecting with other members. There is so much we have to teach each other and encouragement to provide. You won’t be disappointed.
6. Use effective time management in your work calendar. Utilize categories and color-coding, and put your work (not just meetings) into your calendar. It is an easy way to prioritize your daily work as well as provide summaries with your leader of where your focus has been.
7. Last, but certainly not the end of my tricks, if you feel a pain point in your work, assess its impact—on you, your leader, your team, your company. Ask yourself: “Is this task urgent? Is this task important? Can it be delegated? Can it be streamlined?” I promise you, if you find yourself thinking, “There has got to be a better way to do this,” THERE IS! Ask your team, search Google, apply LEAN concepts … do something instead of waiting for someone else to solve it for you.

ON: You also founded an Employee Engagement Group that supports groups across the company in multiple states. How have you managed connecting staff all over the country?
KE: An administrative assistant that I mentor approached me one day with the idea to start an Employee Network Group (ENG) for administrative professionals. We worked together on outlining what our mission would be and submitted the application. When it was approved, the smile on her face was priceless!

She and I lead a monthly team session, designate agenda topics for the year, and assign a training category to each team member. This lets everyone in the group participate as a lead at some point in time and encourage contribution from everyone. Bay and I agree that these amazing women who joined should share the responsibility of running the group.

Our objective is to network, learn from each other, share stories, ask questions, and sometimes just acknowledge each other and the work we do.

ON: Tell us about the process of starting an internal blog for CHG’s Marketing team.
KE: I am so stinking excited for this tool. My leader approached me with the idea and asked me if I’d be interested in heading it. The blog’s objectives are to consolidate the amount of information pushed out via emails, break down silos that exist between our teams, and increase visibility of our work in a fun and informative manner.

To kick off this effort, I met with our communications and web development teams. Next, I held a naming contest for the blog’s site. What I wanted was for people to connect “marketing blog” and “I can contribute to this” right off the bat. There were over 50 names submitted!

I asked for volunteers to be regular content contributors. The team consists of ten amazing people from various backgrounds. At our kick-off meeting, we discussed roles and responsibilities, brainstormed content topics, then assigned owners to each topic. We feature topics such as work anniversaries, new hires, team events, senior leadership features, business and industry updates, and more!

I get to be managing editor, which allows me to create and oversee the publication schedule and support the team as they compile content. We meet monthly to assess the schedule and make changes as needed. We are planning to go live in May. The really exceptional part is that, even though there is a team, anyone in our department can contribute if they want to.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: You co-chaired an Executive Assistant Summit for CHG. What was the event like, and how did you bring so many EAs together from across the organization?
KE: This is my work baby! When I came onboard at CHG, I had just left an amazing company where I was the leader of four administrative professionals. I moved to Utah to be near my husband’s family, and when we got here I googled “amazing companies to work for in Utah.” (Not joking.) CHG was one of the results, and I stalked their careers page until an opening for an Executive Assistant came up. I knew I wanted to work at a great company, so I didn’t feel I needed to be a people leader immediately; I wanted the right company (I could create the right job later).

I was pleasantly surprised to find that CHG employs over 25 different executive assistants. I couldn’t wait to see what groups or sessions I could get involved with. To my surprise, I learned that nothing like this existed. I started emailing out surveys and trivia games to the other EAs so we could get to know each other. For those in my area, I’d invite them all to a monthly lunch outing. Two other EAs and I started discussing a lunch-and-learn event, but the CEO actually suggested we take it further and plan a team summit!

The three of us rallied together for months, preparing the attendee list, agenda, swag, fun dinners, presentations, you name it. The result was beyond anything we could have imagined. It was outstanding being able to see each other in-person (out-of-state employees flew in to HQ), learning together and sharing experiences with each other. It created an entirely new level of how we work together. We found that we all had the same passions for our field of work and the same hunger for growth and development. We left feeling like a successful team. I am happy to report that this is now an annual summit, and each year a new team of EAs gets to host the event.

OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

ON: What is it like to mentor four employees?
KE: The experience has been a true honor. Each experience has been vastly different from the others, with ups and downs and ups again. My biggest takeaway is that I have as much to learn from the people I mentor as they have to learn from me. I approach each of them with a partnership in mind. While some of their needs have been based on skill development, I find that all are seeking guidance and support regarding their careers and the direction they’re heading.

Sharing my own experiences and insights with them has been humbling. Seeing one mentee in particular flourish, not because of my training, but because of my coaching and supporting her as a peer, has been a true pleasure. She is driven, motivated, and hard working. She just needed someone to relate to, someone in her own field who understands the work and can give her just enough advice so that she is confident enough to execute her plans on her own. I believe she and I will remain peers and friends for many years to come.

Kellie, any Ninja would be lucky to have you as a mentor!

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OfficeNinjas All-Star Kellie Edwards

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Comments

  1. Leslie
     

    I am so, so happy that our paths have crossed :). Thank you for making me one lucky lady, and for helping CHG to be a better place. You will forever by my ninja!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      The honor is mine! Thank you for being a true leader and a great example for me. I’m always going to be your #1 fan.

  2. Bobbi Klebenow
     

    Great job Kellie. Congratulations!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Bobbi!

  3. Melissa Haas
     

    Congrats!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Melissa!

  4. Cha a.
     

    Superb job!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Why thank you, Cha

  5. Kristina Hyland
     

    Congratulations Kelly!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thanks, Kristina!

  6. Loretta A.
     

    Congratulations from NJ!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Wow, across the nation indeed! Thank you so much!

  7. Kristianne Solchaga
     

    Congrats Kellie, you are amazing and inspiring! The groups you have created I’ve been seeking! Thanks for the multiple tips!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Kristianne, feel free to connect with me in LI and we can share resources and tips!

  8. Chrishelle P.
     

    Congrats Kellie!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Chrishelle!

  9. HawaiianEA
     

    Congratulations. Kellie! You are truly an awesome #OfficeNinja!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you!

  10. ASamayoa
     

    Wow, this is amazing work! I’d love to connect with other admins applying Lean methods! Great job Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      ASamayoa,

      We can connect in LI if you like. I am a big fan of LEAN too!!

  11. Sarah e.
     

    Kellie, your engagement and success is inspiring. Congrats!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Sarah. I hope you pass it on and inspire others too!

  12. Jen Magana
     

    Congratulations Kellie! Fantastic!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thanks, Jen!

  13. Jen Magana
     

    Congratulations Kellie! Very exciting!

  14. Chloe
     

    Congrats to Kellie! Hope to be as good a team member and as engaged as Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Chloe,

      Thank you! It all starts with you, your heart, and your drive. You can do this!

  15. Anita C.
     

    AWESOME, Congrats Kellie!!! What an amazing Ninja you are, well deserved!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Anita!!

  16. Nicole Headdings
     

    Wahooo Kellie way to go!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      It’s been such a fun celebration! Thank you, Nicole!

  17. Kelly Deutchman
     

    Kelly’s rule!!!! Regardless of how you spell it. Way to go!!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Yes we do!!! We have to keep up the name’s reputation for AWESOMENESS! 😉

  18. Aubri Levens
     

    NIIIIIICE JOB!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you!

  19. Stephanie W
     

    Keep up the dazzle!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      I will if you will, Stephanie! #teameffort

  20. Nikki Senensky
     

    Congratulations!!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Nikki!

  21. Katie B
     

    Dang. If I can accomplish half of what Kellie has in her career already, I would be one crazy proud individual! Congratulations!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Katie,

      Thank you for the kind words and motivation! It’s been a real honor to receive this award and recognition. You have it in you too, reach out any time for support and encouragement!

  22. Sarah
     

    Way to go!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      😊 thank you!

  23. Windi Hornsby
     

    YAY Kellie! I love your way of having a back up plan – so smart!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you! I’d love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeves!

  24. KrystleW
     

    Way to go!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you!

  25. Sharyn W.
     

    Congratulations! Awesome work!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thanks!

  26. Brittanee Bryant
     

    Congrats!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Brittanee!

  27. JAD
     

    Amazing work Kellie! Thanks for inspiring others by what you do each day. Congrats!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, JAD. I bet you inspire those around you too. Keep up the great work!

  28. Rhea
     

    Congrats!! I may pick up that tip to have cards on my desk. Great idea and love the support you have with your team and other EAs.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      The cards do come in handy! It’s those little extra touches that people remember and go a long way.

  29. JAD
     

    What an amazing interview! Really enjoyed reading this. Congrats!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      I am So glad you did!

  30. Netters
     

    “Take the ordinary and produce extraordinary” I now have this saying printed at my desk for daily inspiration. Nicely said Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Wow! Now that just made my day! I’m so glad you found it impactful. I hope the whole field of Admin Pros has the same view.

  31. Sherri Gowins
     

    Yay Kellie! Your work inspiration others is amazing!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you sincerely, Sherri.

  32. Sherri Gowins
     

    Go Kellie! You are an inspiration to others!

  33. Brittney B.
     

    Yay! Congrats!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you!

  34. Dawn Gamble
     

    Congratulations! Way to be a leader and lead by example!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Dawn! I believe we all can leave land we should all learn from each other too. Keep the torch moving, Dawn!

  35. elizabeth tseng
     

    Congrats Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Elizabeth

  36. Jaime B
     

    Congrats Kellie!!

  37. Stephanie
     

    Congrats!!!

  38. Samantha S.
     

    How awesome!! Congratulations!

  39. Rhea Barfield
     

    Woohoo!!! Congrats Kellie!!!! #officeninja

  40. Alice H
     

    I really do need to take more notes and express my gratitude better. I’m horribly lazy at writing cards but I think a well thought out card is so incredible to receive. Thanks for the inspirations!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      I’m so glad it has motivated you!

  41. Meagen Agopsowicz
     

    Congrats girl! #AdminWeek #OfficeNinja

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you!!

  42. Nikki
     

    Congrats Kellie! I hope that you choose somewhere fabulous to fly to, enjoy your trip! :)

  43. Josie McCoy
     

    This was such an action-packed interview! I feel so motivated for the rest of my week! Congrats, Kellie, and thanks for sharing your wisdom!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Josie! I’m glad you enjoyed the feature! Feel free to connect via LI, it’s always fun to share ideas!

  44. Carmen @ Bevi
     

    Congrats Kellie! Thank you for being such a driving force for your company and an inspiration leader to many!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank YOU, Carmen and Bevi! It is such an honor to be sponsored by you. I am a big fan and I love all the support your team has given me!

  45. Bay Boudsady
     

    Inspirational and well deserved! Congrats Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you Bay! Couldn’t be here without amazing team players like you!

  46. LizV3
     

    Congratulations!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Liz!

  47. Greg Merrill
     

    Great article. So well deserved. Thanks for all you do for us here at CHG, Kellie. We’re lucky to have you.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Greg! I’m the lucky one ❤️

  48. Sarah N
     

    Woohoo! Congrats!

  49. Allie Baxter
     

    Congrats Kellie! Your ability to connect and work with so many people in inspiring. I’ve been feeling stuck in my EA role, but my company doesn’t empower EAs to do any of the cool things you’ve done. I aspire to find and work for a company like yours one day!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you Allie! If you’d like to chat about ideas and methods for your career development feel free to find me on LinkedIn!

    2. Kellie Edwards
       

      Allie,

      Let’s connect on LI! Perhaps we can work together to help you reach your goals and objective?

  50. William Price
     

    Amazing Job!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, William!

  51. Kathy
     

    Congratulations!! Happy Admin Week!

  52. Barbara Smith
     

    Way to go girl!! #bossbabe

  53. Angela H.
     

    Congratulations! Way to go!

  54. Mia
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  55. Sylvie
     

    Congrats Kellie!!!

  56. Grace
     

    WooHoo! Congratulations :D

  57. Ryan H.
     

    Congrats! Great Job!

  58. Kristen Sporbert
     

    Much deserved Kellie! Relax and enjoy!

  59. Jordan MacDonnell
     

    Congratulations Kellie!!

  60. Carla H.
     

    Congratulations on your win, Kellie!!!

  61. Valerie Ossermjan
     

    Congratulations and WOW! I know I’d like to have just half of the “it” you have Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Valerie! I’m sure you already have “it”, and others see it too. Keep doing what you do, growing and learning, and putting that extra touch that only you have into it!

  62. Amber M
     

    Way to go Kellie, you are an inspiration!

  63. Debbie Cardenas
     

    #AdminWeek Congratulations Kellie!!

  64. Lorna Handa
     

    Congratulations Kellie! Awesome Job!

  65. Cindy Beauchamp
     

    This is a great Ninja profile. Kellie represents the kind of Ninja all of us should strive to be. I really took note of her advice on showing emotion (or not) in the office. I tend to be easily frustrated when things don’t go the way they were planned. Having an “if x, then y” plan and keeping emotions in check is really important.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Cindy,

      Thank you! I am so happy to see you enjoyed the article. The emotions control can be hard, I know. Especially fine tuning the line of what to show or not. The first step is communication! If you happen to act out in a way you wish you hadn’t, simply open up to the recipients – tell them why and apologize. It goes a long way to rebuilding that trust!

  66. Chanelle M
     

    Congratulations!

  67. Lynn
     

    Thanks for being a true champion for this ever-evolving role Kellie – YOU ROCK!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Lynn! We will change the corporate world, I know it.

  68. kelly ramirez
     

    Yay! go Ninja!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Kelly!

  69. Tran Huynh
     

    Congratulations Kellie!

  70. Tran Huynh
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  71. LeToya Austin
     

    Congrats to you Kellie!! #officeninjasrock

  72. Charlette R
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  73. Andi Groen
     

    Kellie, you are inspiring (and a Utah neighbor)! CHG is lucky to have you.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you Andi! Where are you in UT?!

  74. Amanda
     

    Way to go, Kellie! :)

  75. Kelly O'Connor
     

    Congrats!

  76. Laura D
     

    Great job!!

  77. Laura D
     

    Great job

  78. Jenn B.
     

    Congratulations Kellie!!

  79. Roxanne Ray
     

    Wow! Now that is someone to look up to and admire! I bet she is a joy to work with. Congratulations!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Roxanne! I am proud to be in our field of work and I enjoy it immensely. I’m so happy you liked the article.

  80. Bryan B
     

    YA YA YA YA!

  81. Sandy K
     

    Well Done!

  82. Laurie L Nowak
     

    Congratulations – you are awesome!!

  83. Donna Carriker
     

    Congratulations Kellie!!

  84. Sarah Walker
     

    Congratulations, Kellie! I’m totally inspired after reading this! You go girl!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Yay! Glad to hear it, Sarah! Keep the inspiration flowing.

  85. Donna Gehlken
     

    I love how she shared how her former boss said, “If you are not uncomfortable, you are not learning.” That is so true, and I need to remember that every time I’m uncomfortable. :-)

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Donna. I reflect on his advice regularly. It’s taught me to really LOVE those situations of discomfort. “bring it on, I got this!” 😉

  86. Colette
     

    I love the fact that you are detailed oriented, right down to having blank cards for staff to recognize each other! That is awesome. Well deserved Kellie!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Colette!

  87. Lauren Vince
     

    “Any boundaries that do exist are likely because of phrases such as “that is how it’s always been done.” As soon as I sense this, I can’t help but ask questions like “Is that right?” “Does it bring value?” and “What are we not thinking of?” Approaching life and work through new eyes either validates the current state or brings to light opportunities. To me, nothing is impossible.”

    This quote is getting printed out and hung up in my office! I absolutely love this so much and it’s a great reminder!!!!

    Congrats Kelly! You are amazing!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Wow, Lauren, I am honored! I’d love to hear some of your tips and best practices!

  88. Staci Grab
     

    It looks like you have an amazing group to work with. You also seem to be very innovative which defintely helps.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      I’ve been blessed with amazing teams and leaders for most of my career. CHG is very special and every day is amazing.

  89. Chandra
     

    Great job Kellie! Fantastic!

  90. Katie Graves
     

    Congrats, Kellie! YOU ROCK

  91. Denise W.
     

    Rock star Kellie!

  92. Lesa Redfield
     

    Congratulations Kellie, what a wonderful honor. I also support a VP of Marketing in our company and am very fortunate to have many opportunities to learn and be part of the team as a whole. It sounds like most of us you have a lot on your plate and manage to keep it all organized, can you let us know what kind of planner you use and why? I am looking for new planner for myself and am trying to find the best one for me out of the many out there.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Hi Lesa,

      Let’s connect on LI, I bet we can learn a lot from each other! I use a variety of planners, actually. My electronic ones are Outlook calendar (with color codes) and Apps like todoist. I use journals with colored pens. Post it’s as reminders. I find the variety helps me best vs. one single method.

  93. Judith
     

    Kudos to Kelly! She sounds like the person we all should work to be. I am quite sure her workmates are very proud of her achievements!

  94. Monica Schreiber
     

    So awesome! Congratulations Kellie!

  95. Kiley
     

    congrats Kellie!

  96. Trish W
     

    This is awesome. Congratulations Kellie, on being recognized for the great work you do everyday! You inspire people to be their best, and always improve. Cheers.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Trish! You inspire me every day!

  97. Sherryvonne
     

    Congratulations Kellie!

  98. Kelly J
     

    You are truly a Office Ninja! Congratulations.

  99. Lori Paiz
     

    Congratulations Kellie!!! Such an inspiration for your office.

  100. Anita Maasen
     

    Congrats!

  101. Shelley McGinn
     

    Amazing! Congratulations! Happy Admin Week!

  102. Kinnari Manek
     

    Congratulations Kellie!

  103. Trish S.
     

    Congrats!!

  104. Dianne Richards
     

    Congratulations, Kelly! Thank you for sharing your story with me. You are an inspiration!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Dianne!

  105. Felicia Foster
     

    Congrats Kellie! You’re proving it’s possible to be a leader and be a mentor and friend to your colleagues. Great job.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      It IS possible and I highly encourage you to do the same! ❤️

  106. Tanya F.
     

    Congrats Kelly! You have inspired me for the day. Thank you!

  107. Sandra Draude
     

    Congrats Kellie! I absolutely love that you have personality assessments on your desk. I think that keeping everyone’s individuality always in mind is key to having empathy in the workplace, and may have to borrow that idea :)

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Yes, steal away! They are not only great conversation starters, they can lead to some real breakthroughs in your work relationships.

  108. Tina
     

    Congrats!

  109. Jolene Bleistein
     

    Conrgatulations, Kellie! Amazing work!

  110. Col
     

    Great to hear about everything thing Kellie has done. Definitely going to try out some of her ideas at my office.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      That’s great, Col! Which ones interest you? How fun!

  111. Amber H.
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  112. Emily Fair
     

    Congratulations Kellie!!! #adminweek

  113. Christine Garcia
     

    Congratulations, Kellie! Great advice and inspiration from the Q&A!!

  114. Nicole Santos
     

    Wow! I’m re-inspired! Love her message and fearlessness!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Nicole!

  115. AJ
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  116. Sarah Kotila
     

    Congratulations Kellie! You rock!

  117. Tiana
     

    Seriously so awesome! Congrats!!!!

  118. Tamiesha Stevens
     

    Super jealous Kellie! Congrats to you!

  119. Tina Wheeler
     

    How awesome for you, Kelly. It’s so good to hear about an EA who is pushing forward not just herself, but her peers, too. Congratulations on the recognition…

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Wow, thank you Tina! I’m honored.

  120. Jilene
     

    Keep on rockin’ it Kellie! Congrats!!

  121. Beverly Jones-Gibson
     

    Congratulations Kellie!

  122. sarah Stegmiller
     

    Way to go! You Rock.

  123. Cherie M
     

    I also remember things better when I’ve written them down & love the idea of using different colored pens!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      It’s fun and helpful!

  124. Kelly Neely Olsakovsky
     

    Congratulations Kellie! I love your commitment to improving your team, not just yourself. Mentoring is a powerful tool we don’t often take advantage of in the most effective way.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      That is so true, Kelly! What have you learned from some of your mentors? I’d love to hear ❤️

  125. Tammi Fletcher
     

    Congratulations Kelli! Great Q & A session!

  126. Julie B
     

    Congratulations Kellie. Your organization and quest for employee engagement and learning is inspiring.

  127. DeAnna Jefferson
     

    Congratulations and many well wishes! The biggest thing that stuck out is your desire to give back to your community and be there as a catalyst for other Executive Assistants in your company.

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, DeAnna! It all starts with us as individuals. If we want it, then we can make it happen. And why not make the journey with others on the way?!

  128. Culley Stine
     

    WOW! Kellie is a winner in so many ways! I learned so much from this article and the Q&A. There are so many new ideas that I need to implement immediately. Kellie, a daily/weekly blog from you would be an amazing thing! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on a well-deserved win!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Culley, thank you for the powerful words! Let’s connect on LI. You can help inspire me for that blog idea!!!!

  129. Laura B
     

    Congratulations, Kellie! :)

  130. Kyle
     

    Get it! Great Q & A!

  131. Culley Stine
     

    Wow! Kellie is a winner in so many ways. I learned so much just by reading this article and the Q&A! So many great reminders and new ideas that I need to apply asap! Kellie, a daily blog from you would be amazing! Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS on a well-earned win!

  132. K Williams
     

    Congrats, Kellie! Couldn’t think of a better person for this award!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Katie!!!

  133. Sarah Watson
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  134. Amy Grutzmacher
     

    Congrats Kellie! This article is so inspiring for someone like me who is trying to find their way in the admin world! Sounds like I should look for a mentor to help with that! Keep up the amazing work!!!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Amy,

      I am glad to hear you found it helpful! Please reach out via LI and I’d be happy to share ideas and resources with you. You don’t have to do this alone.

  135. sonja j jacobson
     

    great read. Thanks

  136. Jessica S.
     

    Well-deserved, Kellie!

  137. Kara Carper
     

    Congratulations!

  138. C Taylor
     

    Congratulations, Kellie! You’re an inspiration to us all!!

  139. Cathy Teese
     

    Kellie is an inspiration. I’d like to hear more about how she stays so ON every day. She has really impressive beliefs about her role too, I love that. I feel very inspired after reading this- thanks for another great article!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Cathy! I’m very glad to hear you found the article so helpful!

  140. Sharyn W
     

    Congratulations Kelli, keep up the awesome work!

  141. Michelle M
     

    Congrats Kellie! You are exactly the kind of person I would love to rally with in the company I work for. I love, love, love your collaborative and giving spirit! Way to go, girl! #AdminWeek #officeninja

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Michelle! What an amazing thing to say. It’s been an honor receiving these comments and all the support.

  142. Lorrie Butler
     

    Congratulations! Well done!!!

  143. Kelsey Kubale
     

    So inspirational and aspirational!

  144. Chasity Brown
     

    Gooooooo Kellie!!! Congrats to you being an AWESOME #officeninja

  145. Tracy Painter
     

    Congratulations!!!

  146. Tanya K.
     

    Congrats!!

  147. Bianca Constance
     

    What an amazing role model you are! Congratulations!

    1. Kellie
       

      Thank you, Bianca!

  148. Dana @ Bevi
     

    Kellie, your work at CHG is super inspiring and we’re so honored to be your All-Star sponsor! Any Ninja would be lucky to have you as their mentor. Keep on sparkling! :D

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Dana! I hope I make you proud!!

  149. Austin
     

    WOOOO!

  150. Austin @ Bevi
     

    Congrats Kellie! You’re a rockstar!

  151. Amber Muendel
     

    Bravo! Can we clone you? LOL!! Congrats!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      I AM a twin! Hahaha

  152. Ann
     

    Congrats! Great interview!

  153. Carley Hanson
     

    Congrats girl!!

  154. dadams
     

    congrats!!

  155. Danielle Geissinger
     

    Congrats Kellie!!! You Rock!

  156. Marissa Luttrell
     

    Great Job!

  157. Lillian Rosario
     

    Great source of aspiration!!!

  158. Jessica M. Wilson
     

    Congrats on the win Kellie!!!

  159. Ericka Best
     

    Congratulations! You are such a rockstar! :)

  160. Sandy Ratke
     

    Kelli is the type of Ninja we need more of! Her giving spirit comes through loud and clear!! Congrats Kelli!

    1. Kellie Edwards
       

      Thank you, Sandy!! ❤️❤️❤️

  161. Chana Sweeney
     

    So exciting!

  162. Debbie Ogden
     

    Congrats Kellie!

  163. Amy O.
     

    Congrats Kellie! #AdminWeek #officeninja

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